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New accessions: German New Guinea Photograph Album (Accession 29711)

This interesting new acquisition comprises a photograph album documenting a year in service of the German cruiser S.M.S. Bussard (November 1895 to November 1896) under the command of K. K. Winkler. The album contains 27 photographs of the ship, its crew, native villages and landscapes. The ship’s itinerary for the period covered in the album included places... Read more

Kidnappers of Space

Set in the future, 1976, this juvenile science fiction novel tells the story of two brothers captured by ‘golden men’ of Mars. The original edition, published in London in 1953, is scarce now. The author, Mary Elywn Patchett (1897 – 1989), grew up on a cattle property near Texas in Queensland and many of her... Read more

Rabbi Levine and the Brisbane Synagogue

Guest blogger: Carmel Hart (nee Levine) – adapted from her mother’s memoirs Rabbi Nathan Levine was born in Swislotz, Belarus in 1890 and was brought to England when a small boy. His father was appointed Rabbi in Liverpool, where he published some notable Hebrew books. In such an environment, Nathan was reared, seeing only love and... Read more

Bankfoot House

Guest Blogger : Friends of Bankfoot House Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes Bankfoot House, a heritage residence in the Glass House Mountains, was established along Old Gympie road in 1868 by William and Mary Grigor. It was a rest stop for the Cobb and Co Coach Service between Brisbane and the Gympie goldfields and... Read more

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Let's paint the town orange Take a stand against bullying and violence. On Friday, 21 March 2014, schools across Australia will join together to mark the fourth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This annual day provides a focus for schools to say Bullying. Show More Summary

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – Wreck of the ship Conqueror

The vessel Conqueror was a wooden, three masted barque weighing around 340 tons, which was mainly engaged in the transport of cargoes of various kinds between Australian ports and various locations to the north and elsewhere, becoming well known along these shipping routes.  In July 1866, the Conqueror sailed from Adelaide, calling at Newcastle for... Read more

An Important Bridge

Guest Blogger : Peachester History Committee Sunshine Coast Region Series: Changing Landscapes The Stanley River at Peachester is normally a quiet and unremarkable stream. Travelers who pass through the township would barely notice the...Show More Summary

New accessions: Edith and William Warnes Diaries (Accession 29618)

This interesting new accession comprises 38 diaries kept by a Queensland couple, Edith and William Warnes, between 1890 and 1927. William John Warnes was born on 20 February 1862 in Norfolk England. He came to Queensland when he was 21, in March 1883 on the Bulimba. Edith Mary Grant was born in New South Wales... Read more

Archibald Meston, the Colonial Frontier, and Queensland Museums Purchase Order 150

A talk was presented by Justyne Wilson at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum on February 11, aimed at uncovering the original biographical timeline or ‘life cycle’ of the objects and stories in the P150 Collection, which was sold to the Queensland Museum in the late 1890s by Archibald Meston, then Protector of Aborigines in Queensland.  The collection... Read more

Architecture Students Visit John Oxley Library

On Thursday 19th March architecture students from Griffith University on the Gold Coast visited the John Oxley Library to view our architectural collections, and carry out research on the various topics which they had chosen for their project work.  The thirty-two, 3rd year architecture students, were accompanied by their lecturer, Dr Wouter Van Acker. Collection... Read more

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